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Remove 30 Inches Of Constipated Man's Intestines

The 22-year-old patient, who remains unnamed, is thought to have been born with a rare condition known as Hirschsprung's disease.

The highly unfortunate condition is caused by missing nerves, which would ordinarily help to squeeze and relax the bowel while passing... erm... turds.

As a result, all that nasty stuff can become backed up and stuck in sufferers' guts, leading to some pretty horrific complications.

Doctors say the patient in question, treated at the 10th People's Hospital of Shanghai in eastern China, first developed evident symptoms at a very young age - in fact, his belly swelled up so much that he looked as though he was heavily pregnant.

For a considerable amount of time the man relied on laxatives and other constipation medicines to force his bowel movements, but now a team of experts, led by Dr Yin Lu, have operated to relieve his pain.

Dr Lu was taken aback by the size of his patient's abdomen, adding it "looked like [it] could explode at any time."

I've never really thought of my abdomen as something that could explode - looks like I can add a new entry to my list of neuroses

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